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Be wary of fighting ticks with pesticides, consider alternatives

Chemicals can be as troubling as the threatening insects because both are linked to disease and illness.

The recently released results of a Critical Insights poll show that over 80 percent of voters in Maine are concerned about the increased spread of insect-borne diseases like Lyme related to our changing climate. If folks haven’t been outdoors much recently and don’t own a dog, they may not yet have encountered the legions of ticks – those tiny brown messengers of global warming who spent the winter safe beneath the snow. The dramatic increase in the range and prevalence of these pests as the climate warms parallels the worrisome increases of Lyme disease recorded at the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention.

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